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Crew escapes after trying to save vessel

By THERESA BLACKWELL
Published December 17, 2006


DEC. 12, 1917

The schooner Hereward, owned by D.A. Alisandratos of Tarpon Springs, sank in 27 feet of water off Stump Pass on Sunday while on her way from Matanza, Cuba, to Tampa. Her only cargo was 13 horses, valued at $75 each. Neither the vessel nor her cargo were insured. She was of 90 tons gross and valued at $5,000.

Capt. John Gelabert, commander of the Hereward, and his crew of eight men reached Tampa yesterday and told a thrilling story of the efforts of the crew to save the schooner and their escape in open boats. According to Capt. Gelabert, the schooner sprung a leak about 1 o'clock Sunday morning and, after five hours at the pumps, was abandoned after it became evident the attempt to reach the beach would fail.

The captain ordered his men to the two lifeboats, and they pulled away from the schooner, which sank a half hour later. The 6 miles to shore was made without incident, and the men made their way to Boca Grande, where they boarded a train for Tampa.

The Hereward was built in Essex, Mass., 43 years ago. She was a two-mast vessel and has been in the lumber trade between here and Cuban ports for several years.

Capt. Gelabert declares it is improbable that the vessel can be raised.

DEC. 6, 1940

Oldsmar mayor's race requires a runoff

OLDSMAR - Friday, Jan. 3, has been set as the date for the runoff election here that became necessary when H.A. Monnier, present mayor, and L.W. Owen, mayoral candidate, polled an equal number of votes in the recent city election.

DEC. 3, 1940

School Board asks to keep bandmaster

CLEARWATER - The Pinellas County School Board yesterday instructed Supt. G.V. Fuguitt to ask Col. Homer W. Hesterly, head of the Florida National Guard, to allow Lt. Edward J. Heney, bandmaster at St. Petersburg High School, to remain in that post.

The county, a resolution to Col. Hesterly pointed out, has no one capable of filling Heney's place if he enters the military service.

DEC. 14, 1917

County to widen fills on road to Tampa

To make it safe for traffic, the fills on the road to Tampa are being made 6 feet wider under the direction of county road engineer C.E. Burleson.

In some places on Haines Road, the fills are so narrow that it is dangerous for two cars to try to pass. Mr. Burleson is widening the fills and putting in shoulders so that cars can turn out without difficulty.

Haines Road is to be opened Sunday, if Mr. Burleson's plans do not miscarry. The road to Tampa then will be shortened as it is now necessary to go through Sutherland to get to Tampa. Haines Road has been closed since the very heavy rain several weeks since and traffic has been diverted, but Mr. Burleson said today he hopes the road can be used Sunday.

Pinellas History is compiled by Times staff writer Theresa Blackwell. She can be reached at tblackwell@sptimes.com.